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Housing Leases Should Be in the Consumers' Names
BY SARA J. FULTON, ESQ., MFY LEGAL SERVICES, INC.

"By naming the consumers themselves on the leases, providers can secure the apartments indefinitely and be guaranteed that the rents will not rise more than the amount set by the Rent Guidelines Board."

Social Security Reevaluations
By William Gottlieb
"SSA evaluation of update answers is shaped by the agency's basic rule of thumb: if you're not seeing a doctor and not taking medicine, you're not disabled. Failure to remain in treatment is the strongest indicator to SSA that a disabled person has gotten better."

SSI/SSD Automatic Direct Deposits
By William Gottlieb
"The change to electronic payment is in part a cost-cutting strategy; in part an effort to help disabled beneficiaries who often have had checks stolen. Social Security reports receiving $60 million in forged checks, $2 million in counterfeit checks, and $3 million in altered checks in 1996."

Credit Cards & SSI/SSD Benefits
By William Gottlieb, Esq.
"... a line of credit on a card is neither income nor an asset, but a loan, and may not be used to reduce SSI benefits."

How Work and Earnings Affect Your Benefits
By Jeanette Zelhof
"I'm frequently asked by disability recipients if they can try to work and earn money, and if they do work, whether it will affect their disability and medical benefits."

Ask How much Can You Earn If You're Receiving SSD?
By Jeanette Zelhof
"Remember, Social Security is a huge bureaucracy that processes enormous amounts of information. So be prepared to be your own advocate"


Supported Housing Crisis in New York City
By Guest Columnist Lisa R. Green 
". close to 60 mental health consumers have contacted the Mental Health Law Project at MFY Legal Services seeking legal assistance after having received legal notices that they were being evicted."

Eliminate Spend-Down Problem with Medicaid
By Carole C. Lamson
"All individuals who are disabled as defined under the Social Security law are eligible to join the trust."

Court Decisions Reflect Greater Understanding of Depression
By Jay Ukryn, Esq.
"These three cases demonstrate a willingness by the courts to consider depression as a matter of illness rather than moral or personal weakness."

Ask the Attorney: SSD Rules for Working
A COLUMN BY JEANETTE ZELHOF, MANAGING ATTORNEY, MFY LEGAL SERVICES' MENTAL HEALTH LAW PROJECT

" Recipients of SSD are entitled to test their ability to work and earn up to a statutory amount for nine months, without losing benefits or having eligibility questioned. This is called the “trial work period.”


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